Mr Karl Chircop
MPhil student currently upgrading to PhD
Karl Chircop is writing a PhD thesis by research at the University of Malta entitled Contatti e Affinità in Luigi Pirandello e James Joyce. This thesis on Anglo-Italian literature shall try to investigate how Luigi Pirandello and James Joyce are two paramount authors in understanding the modernist crisis of Man faced during the first half of the 20th Century. The human, intellectual and literary experience of Pirandello and Joyce may reveal many points of contact in their interpretation of the complex profile of the modern 20th century man. They shall be analyzed together with a historical perspective, thus revealing many hidden truths about human nature as perceived by the authors in their recurring antithesis between the individual and society. This thesis hopes to promote further the scholarship of Anglo-Italian studies, especially in early Novecento literature. The course was started in November 2002 and is being carried out on a part-time basis. The supervisor is Prof. Joseph M. Brincat whilst the co-tutors are Dr. Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmith, London) and Prof. Rino Caputo (Tor Vergata).
English, Italian and Maltese
Karl Chircop is responsible for the teaching of Italian L2/LS for the Form 4 and Form 5 classes at the Archbishop's Seminary Secondary School in Malta, in preparation for the Matsec exam. ICT is an integral part of the scheme of work.
Graduated at the University of Malta, BA (Hons), Italian, 1994-98, awarded with “First Class Honours”. Title of dissertation: L’ Italiano dei religiosi a Malta: testi del Cinquecento e del Seicento nell’ Archivio e nella Biblioteca dei Carmelitani a Mdina. Graduated at the University of Malta, MA, Italian, 2000-1, awarded with “Distinction”. Title of dissertation: La maschera e l’ insetto: contatti e affinità in Luigi Pirandello e Franz Kafka. The MA thesis was also submitted for the Premio Pirandello “Ugo Mursia” 2002 per la migliore tesi di laurea (held at the Convegno Internazionale di Studi Pirandelliani in Agrigento) and it received a “Menzione Speciale” from the judging committee.
James Joyce, Luigi Pirandello, Franz Kafka, Early Novecento literature and theatre.
1. Synapsis: European Doctorate School for Comparative Studies, Finestre-Windows-Fenêtres, Università degli Studi di Siena, 4-11 September 2004. 2. Synapsis: European Doctorate School for Comparative Studies, L’Esilio, Università degli Studi di Siena, 18-24 September 2006.
Conference papers:1. International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL), ‘Global Ireland’, Charles University, Prague, 25-28 July 2005, "Eveline and Mommina by the Window at Twilight: on the Window Motif in James Joyce’s Eveline and Luigi Pirandello’s Leonora Addio".
2. Associazione Internazionale dei Professori d’Italiano (AIPI), ‘Tempo e Memoria nella Lingua e nella Letteratura italiana’, Ascoli-Piceno, 23-26 August 2006, "I Ruoli Ambigui del Tempo e della Memoria nel Processo Epifanico del Personaggio Pirandelliano e Joyciano".
3. ADI – Associazione degli Italianisti Italiani, ‘La Letteratura Italiana a Congresso: Bilanci e Propettive del Decennale’, Capitolo-Monopoli (Bari), 13-16 September 2006, "Il Curioso Rapporto tra Joyce e Pirandello."4. Postgraduate Conference, ‘Work in Progress’, University of Malta, 17th March 2007, "Contatti e Affinità in James Joyce e Luigi Pirandello".
5. The British Comparative Literature Association, Third Graduate Student Conference, ‘Confrontation’, Goldsmiths University of London, 30 March 2007, "Disintegrating the Unified Consciousness of Earlier Artists: Joyce’s and Pirandello’s Modernist Confrontation of Genre."6. Postgraduate Seminar, Italian Department, University of Malta, 11 May 2007, "Contatti e Affinità in James Joyce e Luigi Pirandello".
7. The British Comparative Literature Association, XI International Conference, ‘Folly’, Goldsmiths University of London, 2-5 July 2007, "Joyce’s and Pirandello’s ‘Foolosopher’ Kings and Mocking Gargoyles: Buck Mulligan and Enrico IV".
8. International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL), ‘Varieties of Irishness’, UCD, Dublin, 16-20 July 2007, "The Ibsenite Nature of Pirandello’s Sicilianità and Joyce’s Irishness: the Cultures they fled, the Contexts and Metaphors that inspired them."
Attendance at other conferences:
1. 37o Convegno Internazionale di Studi Pirandelliani, ‘Pirandello e la Fede’, Agrigento, 2-5 dicembre 2000.
2. 40o Convegno Internazionale di Studi Pirandelliani, ‘Il Cinema e Pirandello’, Agrigento, 5-8 dicembre 2003.
3. Fifth International Anglo Italian Studies Conference, ‘England and Italy: Literary and Cultural Relations’, Università di Malta, 14-16 settembre 2005.
4. The Society for Pirandello Studies, Annual Conference and AGM, ‘Each in His Own Way: Considering Pirandello’, University College London, 14 ottobre 2006. 5. 43o Convegno Internazionale di Studi Pirandelliani, ‘I Vecchi e i Giovani: Storia, Romanzo, Film’, Agrigento, 7-10 dicembre 2006.
1. Karl Chircop, Eveline and Mommina by the window at twilight: on the window motif in James Joyce’s Eveline & Luigi Pirandello’s Leonora Addio, In: AA:VV., Global Ireland, a cura di Ondrey Pilny e Clare Wallace, Prague, Litteraria Pragensia, 2005. 2. Karl Chircop, Tempo e Memoria nelle Epifanie di Joyce e Pirandello, In: AA.VV., Tempo e Memoria nella Lingua e nella Letteratura Italiana, Atti del Convegno dell’AIPI, a cura di Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, Bert Van Der Bosche, Michel Bastiaensen, Firenze, Franco Cesati Editore, (in print).